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Old 07-08-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
Nicholas DaSilva
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Herniated Discs

So I sort of hijacked a thread back there when a back strain came up and only found out that it was indeed a herniation yesterday. I figured I'd start my own thread and see if anyone out there can give me some advice. I have an appointment with my chiro tomorrow to review the MRI video which was taken on tuesday of this week. I would sincerely appreciate any and all advice. Steve Low, if you are reading...help would be appreciate buddy. A quick look on what I have going on right now. I have limited ROM but I can comfortably tie my shoes and do some controlled bodyweight movements with very little pain or discomfort. I have not done much in weighted movements and today I did: 4x15 unweighted good mornings w/ bar, 4x15 reverse hypers on the GHD machine, 4x15secs dead hang on the pull-up bar and 4x10 bird-dogs. Rolled out a little bit also and tried to do this weird "lay-the-foam-roller-against-the-spine-deal" and as soon as I felt discomfort I stopped and decided to put that one away for a few more days. Any advice, help, nutritional guidance. Im at 6 grams of Fish Oils right now as well as a pretty decent battery of Ibuprofen and Tylenol, switching each back and forth every 4 hours. Suggestions?


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Old 07-08-2010, 01:11 PM   #2
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Re: Herniated Discs

Wow! This is exactly what happened to me. I started out thinking I had a strain in my lower back. Did body weight wods for awhile, creeped into weighted movements. I was feeling great then two Sunday's ago I did 95lb ohs and on my last round on my second rep. The bottom of the squat I felt the back give and stopped. MRI was done, I have a bulging disk.

Right now I'm doing, push-ups, ring dips, pull-ups, air squats, and reverse hypers.

I would stay away from flexion for awhile. So ab-mat sit-ups are out and don't do any toe touches. Stay away from overhead positions and no back squats. It's just going to put more pressure on the spine. My chiro said I'm out for 8 months to a year from serious crossfitting. I almost cried, eyes got real watery. I'm going to stop rambling until another post is up from someone else.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #3
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Well, I will cry if tomorrow he tells me the same. We are reviewing the images tomorrow together so I will know the real extent of the damage. As of now all I know is that I have two herniated discs. Asides from that, I know nothing. I did alot of "lougle searches" and found a ton of good rehab exercises to do. So all I am doing is hitting that and maybe barbell work with NO weight. Asides from that...im lost. My diet is about to get a lot more strict than its been this last month and Im going to OD on Fish Oils.


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Old 07-08-2010, 01:46 PM   #4
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Re: Herniated Discs

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Well, I will cry if tomorrow he tells me the same. We are reviewing the images tomorrow together so I will know the real extent of the damage. As of now all I know is that I have two herniated discs. Asides from that, I know nothing. I did alot of "lougle searches" and found a ton of good rehab exercises to do. So all I am doing is hitting that and maybe barbell work with NO weight. Asides from that...im lost. My diet is about to get a lot more strict than its been this last month and Im going to OD on Fish Oils.


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I would hire a professional.......a mckenzie certified PT or a CHEK practitioner (level 3 or above).

You could write a whole book on this, and you'll find a lot of conflicting opinions on google (like doing reverse hypers with a herniated disc....good?)

If you go it your own way, you;'ll probably get out of pain, but you're bascially helpless to find the underlying cause without getting a proper full body assessment.

You can take care of it for sure, but your a million times better off to spend a few bucks and do it right.

I wouldn't trust your chiro to do it either, most are not trained to properly guide you through the healing process. You'd probably be better off going to the aforementinoed practitioners, and using a chiropractor to push you through other roadblocks you find.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:49 PM   #5
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. My chiro said I'm out for 8 months to a year from serious crossfitting. I almost cried, eyes got real watery. I'm going to stop rambling until another post is up from someone else.
Most everyone has a bulging disc (i know I've got at least 4-5)......you really can't sensibly give that advice without more information. Usually it's not the 'pain generator' anyway.

I would get a new chiro, pronto
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:06 PM   #6
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http://www.getbackintothegame.com/sp...auderdale.html (WFS)

Thats the link to my current Chiros page. He is pretty good, and an athlete himself. He also treats a few of the members at my affiliate. I looked for CHEK practitioner around my area and couldnt find any less than an hour away. There is, however, a McKenzie certified PT about 10 minutes from me.


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Old 07-08-2010, 02:12 PM   #7
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Actually, I am taking that back. After a little more looking on my Chiros website he has a CPT on duty that is a level 4 CHEK practitioner.

: Senior Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer:


Terrence Thomas LMT, CPT Fitness Nutrition and Golf Specialist


Terrance draws from 20 years of experience in the areas of health, exercise, sports performance and orthopedic rehabilitation coaching and instruction. His credentials include being a LEVEL IV CHEK Practitioner, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, CHEK GOLF Biomechanic, NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Licensed Massage Therapist and holding a B.S. in Health Education and Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. The Author of "Get Fit Now And Feel Great Forever" and "Hard Style Golf Conditioning", Terrence uses whole person coaching and treatment strategies to educate, empower and assist in the strengthening and healing process of our athletes and patients.



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its pretty much the best you can ask for

definitely go talk to him-
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Re: Herniated Discs

Nice. Thanks for the help.

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Old 07-12-2010, 01:57 PM   #10
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Re: Herniated Discs

So...a quick update. Final diagnosis is one herniated disc, I believe L1 and then three spots above L1 is actually a bulging disc, not a full herniation. So thats good news. I looked at the video with the chiro and the herniation is as mild as they come, says he and the bulge is also pretty mild. I am very happy about this obviously. Tomorrow is my first assessment with the CHEK practitioner in his officer. I did my first WOD since I got the diagnosis today. 3x of 15 wall balls, 250m row and 250m run. I did all these movements in my warm-up to test for pain and felt no pain and no discomfort. Did the workout unbroken but felt like puking for the first time. I havent actually worked out for about a month, since my back felt gnarly. Maybe the WOD was a stupid move, if so let me know, also if anyone has any advice on what to do Id appreciate it.

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